Town find comfort in FA Trophy

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THE LEAGUE table might make painful reading, but at least Hucknall Town are shwoing signs of life in the FA Trophy.

For on Saturday, they cast off the shackles of being in the relegation zone in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League to knock out Division One South rivals Newcastle Town in the First Qualifying Round of the tournament 2-1.

Heroes of the day at Watnall Road were new signing Alex Ford, who scores on his debut, and Ben Good, who netted what proved to be the winner.

Overall it was a good performance from Hucknall, who now find themselves in the hat for the next round.

After expressing his frustrations through the pages of the Dispatch over The Yellows’ current form, manager Brett Marshall made several changes to the side who had gone down to Romulus in the previous match.

In came Lee McNulty, who captained the side, Aaron Large and the aforementioned Alex Ford. making their first appearances.

Evan Garnett moved out wide to accommodate Ford upfront and Large started in the middle of the park. Corey Nightingale returned to partner Jack Green in the middle of defence.

The Yellows made a very confident start and after just two minutes they won a free kick on the right, Large swung the ball over and Jack Green rose highest, but his header rebound of the post and back into the keeper’s arms.

It wasn’t until the 33rd minute that The Yellows opened the scoring as Jamie Brown anticipated a pass and showed great pace on the left to beat two players before crossing to Ford, who rifled the ball home from just inside the box.

It was much of the same after the break and just six minutes into the second period, the home side doubled their advantage.

Comedy turned to ecstasy as Garnett sliced but proceeded to retrieve the ball and produce a peach of a cross that left Good the simple task of finishing from eight yards.

The Yellows looked confident but failed to find the killer third goal and which Newcastle still looking dangerous going forward, they had to be on their guard.

The Staffordshire side finally managed to score four minutes from time, Kyle Diskin found space on the right and delivered an inviting cross that Chris Morris glanced home.

It made for a nervous finale for the home side as the referee played five minutes of added time, but despite the ball being thrown into the locals’ box they held out to grab a welcome victory.